Yale Road Centre

Yale Road Centre has three programs within the Centre, including a short stay unit for clients who are awaiting placement into a residential care home. Yale Road Centre is staffed with health care teams who care for our clients medical needs, to help re-establish daily routines, and to develop client discharge plans. We believe that each individual has unique care needs and goals and we do our best to support individual clients in meeting them.

The care team at Yale Road Centre includes physicians, nurses, home health liaisons, social workers, dieticians, therapists, health care aides and volunteers. Activity workers are available to support recreation activities that are tailored to the unique and individual needs of the clients staying at Yale Road Centre.

The average length of stay of clients at Yale Road Centre is between 4 and 12 weeks. In some cases, it may take longer to identify an appropriate placement for some of our clients.

Volunteers are a valued member of the Yale Road Centre care team and play an important role in celebrating individuality, offering choice, comfort, privacy, and dignity for our clients. Volunteer roles focus on assisting staff in supporting clients social and leisure interests.


Please note some areas may not have vacancies in the program. We will make every effort to match you with the volunteer opportunity that meets your interests and abilities. 

  • Recreation therapy program support volunteer
  • Music volunteers – provides light background music and/or entertainment to small and large groups in a variety of settings
  • Special events – supports residents in getting to and from special events, and assists with all aspects of events from setting up to tidying up. Most importantly, volunteers engage with Yale Road clients during events assisting to provide a fun, socially positive environment
  • One to one visitors – provides companionship and emotional support to Yale Rd clients


  • Friendly and outgoing with a genuine desire to work with elderly people
  • Able to empathize with people living in care
  • Willing to learn and work on a team
  • Able to maintain confidentiality and use discretion when working with vulnerable people
  • Willing and able to adhere to Fraser Health policies and procedures
  • Willing to participate in a comprehensive recruitment process
  • Some prior knowledge of cognitive impairment (for example, Alzheimer's Disease) is an asset

Placement is based on your skills, abilities, interests and the availability of a suitable placement. Only those considered for placement will be contacted for an interview. If you are not selected for placement, your application will be kept on file for six months.


Volunteering at Yale Road Centre is a long term commitment. Volunteers are recruited for a minimum of six months and volunteer for a few hours each week on a regular day and time. This regular and sustained commitment helps to ensure consistency in the care we provide.

Application process

  1. Application forms are available online or in PDF. If possible, we prefer that applicants complete the online volunteer application form. Individuals without computer access are welcome to print and complete the PDF application form. 

  2. Select applicants will be contacted by the coordinator of Volunteer Resources for an interview. Placement decisions will be based on the applicant’s personal attributes and the availability of a suitable placement at a mutually agreeable time. If an applicant is not selected for an interview applications will be kept on file for three months and reviewed regularly. 

  3. Successful applicants will be required to provide two references and a criminal records check. Documentation for these purposes will be provided at the time of interview. These do not need to be submitted with your volunteer application. 

  4. Approved volunteers must attend a mandatory volunteer orientation provided by Volunteer Resources. Dates and times will be provided by Volunteer Resource employees. 

  5. Following completion of all of the above mentioned processes volunteers will be assigned to a mutually agreeable volunteer role and role specific orientations will be arranged.


More information

Contact us

For more information on how you can become a volunteer at Yale Road Centre, please contact Janice McIntyre, Coordinator, Volunteer Resources.

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